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eMedals-Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Frederick Lewis, Grand Commander with Swords & Laurels, c.1918

Item: EG3325

Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Frederick Lewis, Grand Commander with Swords & Laurels, c.1918



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Oldenburg, Grand Duchy. A House & Merit Order of Peter Frederick Lewis, Grand Commander with Swords & Laurels, c.1918

(Haus und Verdienstorden von Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Groß-Komturkreuz mit der goldenen Krone, Schwertern, und Lorbeer). Instituted 27 November 1838 by Grand Duke Augustus of Oldenburg. (1918 Issue). Manufactured by court jeweler Richard Knauer who was awarded the contract for this award, the Oldenburg House and Merit Order of Peter Frederick Lewis is finely made of gilded silver featuring a Cross Pattée in white enamels, with crossed swords piercing the centre of the cross, overlaid with green enameled laurels, obverse centre presenting the gilt monogram of Peter Frederick Lewis on a blue enameled background, surrounded by red enameled ring with gilt inscription of Order motto “EIN GOTT, EIN RECHT, EINE WAHRHEIT” (“ONE GOD, ONE RIGHTEOUSNESS, ONE TRUTH”), reverse arms with exquisitely hand painted inscriptions of dates, central enameled medallion depicting a richly-detailed hand painted Oldenburg coat of arms, on suspension from a stylized, hollow gilt crown with a double loop attaching to a mid 20th century ribbon, measuring 52.49 mm (w) x 83.77 mm (h) inclusive of crown suspension, weighing 51.8 grams, with only minor enamel contact and light loss of gilt painted detailing, remains extremely fine and rare.

Footnote: Only 1 of this class was awarded however other examples, made by Richard Knauer were manufactured and known to exist. The sole recipient of this award was General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck.

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on


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